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Andrew Zuckerman: On Curiosity, Rigor, and Learning As You Go

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Photographer and filmmaker Andrew Zuckerman shares the lessons learned from his iconic WISDOM project, in which he interviewed “elders” around the world, including Chuck Close, Bill Withers, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Massimo Vignelli, and many more. Zuckerman talks about the anxiety we feel as we start a new projects, how fear can help us get things done, and the importance of honesty and good, old-fashioned hard work.

Andrew Zuckerman, Photographer & Filmmaker, Andrew Zuckerman Studio

Andrew Zuckerman is a New York-based photographer and filmmaker. Conceptual in nature, his work investigates common themes explored through multiple mediums. He has published four books that reflect his influential style of photography and film, including the internationally acclaimed “Creature” (2007), an intimate portrait series of animals; “Wisdom” (2008), a book, film, and traveling exhibition produced with the support of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, which included portraits and interviews with extraordinary individuals over the age of 65, such as Nelson Mandela, Andrew Wyeth, and Chuck Close; “Bird” (2009), a study of over 90 species from common to rare; and “Music” (2010), a book, film, and iPad app, featuring musicians from across genres, who provide their perspectives on one of the most universal and yet unexplainable art forms.

In 2006, he produced and directed the critically acclaimed short film “High Falls”, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to win for best short narrative at the Woodstock Film Festival. In 2007, the Forma International Center of Photography featured a solo exhibition of Andrew’s work from “Creature”. The “Wisdom” portraits were on display at the Library of New South Wales in Sydney in 2008, and in 2010, the “Wisdom” North American tour launched at the Winter Garden in the World Financial Center. A companion film to “Bird” screened on The High Line in New York City in 2009, and at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston in 2010. Photographs from “Bird” were exhibited at Colette in Paris. Andrew has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors for both his photographs and films.

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Comments (13)
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  • hiper-nowa

    dini sohbet Thank you very muck. Dini Sohbet

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  • Frannyc28

    still trying to understand what’s NEW or Revealing about what he spoke. 

  • Allison Perley-Harter

    Very inspiring from a “renaissance” woman trying to focus many diverse skills into something important!

  • medienmensch

    a very visual keynote.
    He should share his adressbook 😉

  • Fabiola nevarez

    The company I work for blocked all videos. They are definately not curious enough.

  • Keira

    Nelson Mandela, Judy Dench, Chuck Close…Henry Kissinger!? Too bad General Pinochet wasn’t available.

  • April

    I just looked up the definition of “rigor” and I am wondering if he meant another word, because strictness, harshness and inflexibility don’t seem to fit. Or maybe I just didn’t understand. But I enjoyed this talk, especially the idea of curiosity being the thing that makes the idea happen.

  • ANNEsherwin

    ANDREW Zuckerman — YOU SMOKE!!! ROCK ON DUDE! The simplicity of your teaching left an IMPRESSION on ME!! Gotta LOVE IT—!!

  • SEORepublic

    Pretty interesting post! Thanks it was interesting.

  • Lenticular Image Printing

    Very good post! Thanks a lot.

  • Справка

    I would like to appreciate your work and would like to tell to my friends.

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